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Marion County Park District

Naturally wild, naturally fun!

The Marion County Park District, in north central Ohio, includes five beautiful parks.

Marion Tallgrass Trail: The paved multi-use recreational trail is now 11 miles long, and will approach 12.4 miles (Hardin County line) by the end of 2017. As we seek to finish the trail, we are actively seeking matching funds, so please consider a donation.

Terradise Nature Preserve, in eastern Marion County, offers a shelter house, hiking trails, geocaching, and peaceful reflection near the beautiful Olentangy River.

Greenspur, north of Prospect, features woods, a small wetland pond, and will contain a picnic shelter.

Myers Woods, near the Killdeer Plains Wildlife area in northern Marion County, is a wonderful place to take a short stroll in the quiet woods.

Caledonia Nature Preserve is a beautiful streamside forest near the village of Caledonia.

Volunteer, and make a difference! Join the Friends of Prairie Parks.

Please consider a donation to help us extend our beautiful rail-trail. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Marion County Park District
222 West Center St, Marion, OH 43302


Phone: (740) 223-4161

Tallgrass Trail Update:


The paved trail is now paved for 11 miles, from the trailhead at 2093 Holland Road West, across SR 37, stopping near Riley Road.


Construction is now underway on the final 1.5 miles of trail that will take us to the Hardin County line.

Portions of Tallgrass Trail Will Be Closed Week of Oct 2

 On Monday, October 2 the first few miles of the Tallgrass Trail in Marion County
(starting at the first bridge) will be closed so that a contractor can apply a pavement preservative. This section will remain closed until the following morning.

The contractor will continue to treat a new section of the trail each day, moving westward, and the section being treated will be closed that day, reopening the next morning. Distances covered each day are not yet known, but each day's segment will start and end at a road crossing. It should take about four days to treat the entire trail,
but work may be delayed by inclement weather.

The Marion County Park District asks that visitors stay out of the area being treated, so that the preservative can sink in and protect the asphalt. This will also help to avoid damage to shoes and bicycles.


Only the portion being treated each day will be closed. When the portion near the Holland Road Trailhead is closed, the section near the DeCliff Trailhead will be open, and vice versa.

The nature center and the first quarter mile of trail (before the first bridge) will remain open.


The Tallgrass Trail is one of five parks owned by the Marion County Park District, and the eastern trailhead is located at 2093 Holland Road West, about two miles west of Marion.


Thank you.